Carbon Fiber Slitter – Spooler for AFP Machine
This video is of a 29 position slitter spooler delivered to a major Tier 1 aerospace supplier. It converted carbon fiber prepreg unidirectional material from 15″ wide parent rolls to 1/4″ and 1/2″ fibers. The spools were intended to be used on an AFP machine. It included an inspection system that continuously monitored the quality of the slits with regard to dimensional accuracy, FOD, fuzz balls, etc. Defects were tracked in a manufacturing process historian. Production information was available to the MRP/ERP system. Remote monitoring by the manufacturer to facilitate trouble shooting in the field.
Independent Machine Company’s innovative Cross Ply Laminator eliminates forever the wasteful and tedious process of making multi-ply unidirectional charges for stringers, floor beams and other multi-laminate structures. It uses conventional 12″ or 24″ wide material and fabricates rolls of multi-ply laminations with variably adjustable cross plies. Systems have been in place for over 30 years.